Here’s some news from the scientific world guaranteed to make waves. After a decade of dead ends and false starts, a team of geneticists at Stanford University announced this morning that they finally discovered a reliable way to make coyotes wider, smaller, heavier, more slippery, and quieter.
Wow. Science FTW!
“When you can manipulate how genes are expressed, you can do incredible things, and these coyotes are proof,” said Dr. Alanna Shah, whose 2002 research proposal kicked off this monumental undertaking. “Every one of them is not only significantly heavier than the average coyote, but far more slippery, wider, smaller, quieter, rounder, and pointier too.”
Working with modified eggs, fertilized in vitro and gestated in a host mother, Dr. Shah and her team were able to breed a healthy litter of the modified coyotes, six in total. Shah’s team will be tracking the growth and behavior of the coyotes closely to ensure that they continue to widen, grow more heavy and slippery, and stay small, glossy, bitter, orange, and soft into full adulthood, but so far, all signs point to success.
But even with this incredible breakthrough under her belt, Dr. Shah is already looking ahead.
“This isn’t where our work stops; this is where our work starts,” she said. “It’s no longer so far-fetched that we could one day see coyotes that are flatter, stockier, saltier, rustier, hotter to the touch, bolder, and more Rubenesque. And that’s just for starters.”
Simply awesome. It just goes to show that when technology, ingenuity, and inspiration come together, truly incredible things can happen.
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